Hello, fellow campers! My name is Dawn of Not Just A Mommy! and I’m excited to join you today. I’m always looking for fun and inexpensive ways to celebrate the little things. Nothing says summer like strawberries and lemonade! What better way to celebrate than a day at the park with friends. I wanted to style a great table with fun treats and simple decor that didn’t break the bank.
I’m a big fan of reusing items, which is why I have a bin full of paper lanterns and these giant fans from Martha Stewart. Making an investment in items you can reuse like cake stands and glassware will pay off in the long run because they can be used again and again. Plus, they ‘class up the joint’. Unless you are hosting a party for preschoolers (which I have), kids can be very careful with real items. You would be surprised, my breaking-party-items incidents have happened at the hands of adults.
Using plastic table covers really hurts my feelings…for less money and a better recycling option, you can’t beat butcher paper. You can get as much as you need in a variety of colors. They make a great base for backdrops too! Invest in a roll of white or kraft paper, which can be found at office supply stores. Cover your table and put out crayons, just like the restaurants do, to keep those little fingers busy.
Finding lemon and strawberry items during this time of year is easy. Target has a great line in their Dollar Spot. The strawberry bowls, only $2.50 each, were perfect for our fresh strawberries and strawberry cookies. The lemon slice coasters, made from pressed cardboard, were used for table decor. I cut a few in half for funsies. They also carry strawberry coasters and together with the lemon ones would make a fun garland for a party back drop. Green paper doilies are hard to find, so I couldn’t resist picking up a pack as well. At a buck a pack for the coasters and doilies, they are a steal.
Paper straws on their own are so fun. Dress them up with homemade stickers! There are lots of free templates you can download from Avery for different sticker sizes. I used the round 1 1/2″ template, inserted the lemon slice clip art into the template and printed them out.
I couldn’t wait for a reason to make these paper straw candles from the clever ladies of Icing Designs. What a fun way to make a cupcake special…even store-bought ones like mine. Yes, I’m on a mission…some stores make amazing cupcakes, and even have their own ‘gourmet’ lines.
I can’t bake to save my life…which is why I have no problem finding local talent to help me out. The amazing lemon and strawberry cookies are from Amy Russert. I gave her my vision and she knocked them out the park…no pun intended.
Create easy place settings with paper plates and paper doilies place mats. I purchased my milk bottle glasses years from Sav-On Crafts and are a great investment. They work for so many parties. If you don’t have a set of milk bottle glasses, substitute the same look with frapaccino bottles.
I found this great idea on Pinterest from Bloom for fun favors using Skittles. I used green masking tape for the stem and candy cups from Michael’s.
Everyone loves Jell-O and I couldn’t resist making them ‘look’ like strawberries with green whipped cream tops. Here’s the easy how-to from With A Grateful Prayer. Taping the spoons on with washi tape is a great way to save space on your table. These glasses are part of Pier 1’s Tasting Party collection, and I use them every chance I get.
The key to a fun table are the little details. You don’t have to spend a lot to create a great look that is fun for kids and adults. I hope I inspired you to host your own play date and celebrate the summer with style.
My name is Dawn and I’m a mom to 2 wonderful boys, a proud military wife of a Marine and owner of a very hyper mini schnauzer. I have a B.S. in Mathematics so I’m a bit of a geek but my true passion is party planning. I’ve been in the business for over 5 years, and I blog about all things entertaining, event planning, crafts + lifestyle!